Interim Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink has charged the playing staff of the Blues to sit-up and take a good look at themselves at the mirror even as they attempt a fierce attempt to salvage their already battered season.
The Dutch tactician in a rare show of gut suggested that a top-four finish is at least mathematically achievable hence Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel and the rest of the Chelsea gang should still give that mission their best shot.
“Mathematically, it’s possible I can get this team into the top four, but the Premier League is a very strong league,” Hiddink said. “All the teams, they can kill each other in the Premier League. The league has changed since I was last here.”
He continued: “I told them as professionals to look in the mirror and be ultra-critical. There must be desire to play. If you don’t have it, knock on my door and we’ll talk — briefly.
“I’m glad to be back. The problems aren’t easy to fix. But the quality is there.
“We have to show to ourselves, to the club and to the fans that the team has a big desire to wash away the last half year and go up to the next coming games. If we do that, the results will follow.
It is yet to be seen if Hiddink who has had little success since leaving Chelsea in his first stint will provide the solution to the dwindling fortunes of the Blues.
Hiddink failed to guide Turkey to Euro 2012 before leaving by mutual consent and, after a spell with Anzhi Makhachkala ended in 2013, he took over Netherlands, who had secured third place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and left the nation third in their ultimately unsuccessful effort to qualify for Euro 2016.